Steve Smith says he’s “chilled” in regards to the Australia captaincy after Josh Hazlewood stepped in for Pat Cummins for the second one-day worldwide.
The batter was relieved of the captaincy after the ball-tampering scandal towards South Africa in 2018.
“I am unsure if there was a dialog. I simply do what I am informed,” Smith mentioned.
“I used to be vice-captain for this recreation, and helped out the place I may. They’re seeking to construct some new leaders, some youthful leaders. I am fairly chilled, I am going to simply do my factor.”
Smith captained the Take a look at facet towards England at Adelaide throughout the 2021 Ashes collection, when Cummins missed out as a result of he was deemed a detailed contact of somebody with Covid-19.
Questions over whether or not he’ll lead the facet once more stay due to the controversy, with solutions that going again to Smith can be a step again for Australia, however former bowler Stuart Clark says he’s now extra suited to taking part in solely as a batter.
“If they need him to be captain, he’ll, and if they do not, he will not.
“He’s comfortable to assist out when he can, however he would not have these ambitions to be charging in with it any extra,” mentioned Clark.
“He has bought a bit older, he is married, and he is most likely nearer to the top of his profession than the beginning. He is nonetheless bought a protracted technique to go so far as cricket goes, however he was captain for a very long time.”
There have additionally been ominous indicators for England and different nations relating to Smith’s type throughout the collection, as he has scored 174 runs throughout two innings and has solely been dismissed as soon as.
He described himself as a “work in progress” over the previous yr, having batted effectively with out fairly reaching the giddy heights of the 2017-18 winter, when he scored 687 runs throughout Australia’s crushing of England – earlier than lacking a yr of worldwide cricket due to the ball tampering.
“It is my motion, my palms, the time I really feel like I’ve bought and simply the place I am hitting the ball. I really feel like I am in place,” mentioned Smith.
It’s a assertion that may delight Australia followers earlier than the Take a look at collection towards West Indies and South Africa, adopted by the Ashes within the UK subsequent summer season.
“He held Australia collectively at present and that is what we all know him for,” mentioned Clark.
“He’s beginning to seem like the 2018 Ashes model of himself once more. He is modified his method, his ft, his palms. It simply appears to be like straightforward for him now.”